LaSalle buys first two assets for its UK PRS fund

LONDON (January 13, 2016) – LaSalle has completed the first two direct investments for its UK Private Residential Fund (“The Fund”). The assets in Leeds and London comprise 270 purpose-built residential units and were acquired in separate transactions for £55 million.

Managed by LaSalle’s highly experienced residential team, the LaSalle UK PRS Residential Fund aims to create a diversified national portfolio of residential market rental properties with a mix of income producing and new-build assets, focused on providing excellent levels of customer service. Within the next few years, LaSalle expects to invest in excess of £500 million in the residential build-to-rent market on behalf of its institutional clients, through the Fund and other investment vehicles.

Waterside Apartments in Leeds was acquired from CVI Leeds Waterside Sàrl for £25 million in an off-market transaction, representing a gross initial yield of 6.7 per cent. Completed in 2008, the purpose-built freehold residential block has two separate cores of 13 and 18 storeys with 183 one and two bedroom apartments and 72 parking spaces. It is located half a mile to the west of the city centre within walking distance of Leeds Railway Station.

LaSalle has also acquired 87 units within Phase Three of the Rathbone Market redevelopment in East London from English Cities Fund (“ECf”) through a forward commitment of £30 million, representing a gross initial yield of 5.2% per cent. The one and two bedroom apartments are situated in cores three and four of the larger 216 unit scheme, which is located less than half a mile from Canning Town DLR and Underground station. It is the final stage of the Rathbone Market regeneration project being delivered by Muse Developments through the ECf partnership and is expected to complete in Q4 2016.

Andrew Stanford, UK Residential Fund Manager, LaSalle, said: “The Fund’s first investments illustrate our commitment to acquiring high quality build-to-rent assets in markets where we anticipate strong demand. Waterside Apartments is a rare, large-scale income producing asset with ample opportunity to add value through proactive asset management, a compelling advantage of the Fund’s team. Meanwhile by committing to purchase build-to-rent units in Canning Town, we have bought into a large-scale regeneration project that will see this well-connected area of London transformed physically and economically making it a highly desirable place to live.”

LaSalle has been investing in the UK residential markets since 1999 and currently has around $5 billion of residential assets under management globally on behalf of institutional investors.

LaSalle was advised by JLL on Waterside Apartments and Rathbone Market.